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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Bourbon and Branch, Weekender at Johnny Brenda’s, HighKick at Ardmore Music Hall and more

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Philly indie rock faves DRGN King are going on hiatus for 2016 as its various bandmates and collaborators head into a busy year with a variety of other projects. Tonight, they play their last show for a while at Bourbon and Branch tonight with Mumblr and Mostly Only, and we’re expecting a full assortment of jams from 2014’s awesome Baltimore Crush and 2013’s equally awesome Paragraph Nights. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to “Hazy Memories” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Three Man Cannon at Boot and Saddle, Groovy Movies at Ortlieb’s, Howlish at Bourbon and Branch

Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

The Lame-O Records Rock Residency at Boot & Saddle continues tonight with a headlining gig from Three Man Cannon. In many ways, these dudes are the glue that holds the Philly DIY scene together. Not only do these guys rock their own blend of howling and heavy guitar-rock, their Matt Schimelfenig is an ace producer who has worked with a bunch of awesome local folks – Cayetana, The Menzingers, Petal – and even heavy hitters like The War on Drugs. Joining them tonight are Sun Organ and lowercase roses. Listen to last year’s Will I Know You EP below and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Up From the Basement: Vicky Speedboat debuts tonight at Bourbon and Branch

Vicky Speedboat | Photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist
Vicky Speedboat | Photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist

“It was weird, it came together so fast but it’s been in the works for so long,” says Sean Huber.

The Philly drummer, singer and songwriter is talking about Vicky Speedboat, his new punk rock power duo with Will Lindsay. Both guys are staples of the local DIY scene, Huber in Modern Baseball, Lindsay in W.C. Lindsay and together in Steady Hands. Their new collaboration is rooted in a long-standing friendship as much as a collective surplus of no-frills rock the eff out energy.

As Lindsay tells it, having a place to make noise was also clutch. Continue reading →

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The prolific Ross Bellenoit is at it again with preview for Invisible Voice

Ross Bellenoit | Photo by Brett Wilshe
Ross Bellenoit | Photo by Brett Wilshe

Ross Bellenoit has been kicking around the Philly scene for a few years now and is beginning to truly establish himself as a musician whose musical output is as varied as it is prolific. Just last week, Bellenoit released a three-song preview of his newest album, Invisible Voice, which will be his third album since the year began. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Max Swan at MilkBoy, Rosemary Fiki Band at Bourbon and Branch, The Bul Bey at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo Courtesy of the Artist
Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Up-and-coming Philly jazz artist, Max Swan will be hitting the stage at MilkBoy tonight alongside Ill Fated Natives and The Hollander-Crouse Duo. If you missed it, we premiered his latest single, “So Much Chime,” last month. Check him out tonight at Milkboy. Get tickets and more info on the 21+ show over at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “So Much Chime” after the jump. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: RoseMary Fiki

Philly singer and songwriter RoseMary Fiki defies easy categorization. Her songs dynamically blend dancefloor-ready funk, groove-oriented soul, and a lot of in-your-face rock and roll. You’ll hear aching romantic ballads alongside fierce punk blasts with rapped breakdowns. A charisma machine, Fiki embodies all these styles, and has been working crowds from various Philly stages for the past three years.

This April, Fiki put out The Great Unknown, her latest EP and most refined effort to date. It pushes the flashy production of earlier tracks to the side to bring focus onto her songwriting, and with her three-piece backing band – Naeemah Maddox on guitar, Lucien Dowdell on bass and Adam Brooks on drums –  these songs come to life both on record and in the studio for this week’s Key Session.  Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chris Gennett at Bourbon and Branch, Battles at Union Transfer, Protomartyr at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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Chris Gennett is a Philadelphia folk singer-songwriter, and he’s playing at Bourbon and Branch tonight. Chris released his debut full-length album, Hey Kid, earlier this year, and has played dozens of shows in Philly since. The nine-track folk record traverses the feelings of love and loss with blues guitar riffs and intricate drum patterns. Get tickets and show info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Lose My Mind” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shorty Boy Boy at Bourbon and Branch, John Grant at World Cafe Live, The Chip Breakers at Ortlieb’s and more

Shorty Boy-Boy | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Shorty Boy-Boy | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Philly’s Josh Pannepacker has been pretty busy with his other band, Cheerleader, for the past year and change, his solo project Shorty Boy Boy has taken a bit of a back seat. But since his other band wrapped up its 2015 tour schedule last month, a Shorty show has made it on the books, and Pannepacker takes the stage tonight at Bourbon and Branch with a solid slate of other locals, including Little Strike and Ill Fated Natives. His shows combine the quirky indie-pop of his records with unconventional stunts, like building a tent onstage and singing from inside. Wild stuff; more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Deli Anniversary Show with The Orange Drop at PhilaMOCA, Saintseneca at Johnny Brenda’s, Mercury Radio Theater at Bourbon and Branch

The Orange Drop | Photo by Clementine Grove
The Orange Drop | Photo by Clementine Grove

The Deli Philly will be celebrating it’s 7th Anniversary tonight at PhilaMOCA with performances from The Orange Drop, Blood Sound, Hello Shark, and a DJ set from Suburban Living. It is sure to be an exciting show, with ranging from scuzzy indie punk to  neo-psychedelic rock. Get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →